Ethiopia’s Prime Minister showed off his African Excellence Award for Gender plaque at the closing ceremony of the recently concluded 32nd AU Heads of State summit.
With its first female president and half of cabinet posts reserved for women, power dynamics are shifting.
Since independence from the British in 1960 Nigeria has never had a female president or vice–president. Oby Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President, anti-corruption campaigner and one of the Nigerian status quo’s fiercest critics, is setting out to break the glass ceiling and occupy the highest office.
The desire to eulogise, as often appears to be the case in this exhibition, does not allow space for questions that might allow for a fuller explication of the nature of Mandela’s legacy and its relevance beyond South Africa.
Professor Loyiso Nongxa continues to set records. He has become the first African mathematician to be elected as the Vice President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). He was also South Africa’s First Black Vice Chancellor of the University of Witwatersrand.
IIhan Omar gained international attention in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature. She has made history again by winning a Democratic primary in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, which could see her go all the way to Congress.
Marjorie Ngwenya became the first non-British-based person to be appointed president-elect of the UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She has served in various positions in companies such as Old Mutual, Liberty Group South Africa and Deloitte United Kingdom.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is taking over from Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe as the new chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
Mali faces huge challenges. Through the upcoming presidential election, Malians will tell the next president what they will and won’t accept for their future.